Ozarks sweeps doubleheader, takes series from Patriots
Ozarks (11-19)
#20 Texas-Tyler (20-11)
4/16/2016 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 575
Win: Luke Dyer (1-2) 7.0122202
Loss: Nate Imig (4-1) 2.297623
Dakota Ebarb (UO) 412210
Justin Crider (UO) 422300
Zach Jones (UO) 302220
Graham Welch (UTT) 423000

Saturday, April 16, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edui

TYLER – The No. 20-ranked UT Tyler baseball team suffered its first series loss at home this season after being swept by Ozarks in a doubleheader on Saturday at Irwin Field.

The Patriots (20-12, 9-6 ASC) opened the series with a 5-4 win on Friday, but saw the Eagles (12-19, 5-13 ASC) come out take 11-2 and 7-4 wins on Saturday to take the series. UT Tyler has now dropped two straight series after falling at Belhaven last weekend and will now host Centenary at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in a non-conference game before hosting Howard Payne next weekend in the final three home games of the season.

Trenton Buchhorn extend his RBI streak to 14 games after delivering a seventh-inning RBI single in the first game and then blasting a two-run home run in the finale. Buchhorn, who went 2-for-3 in the finale, hit his fourth home run of the season and now leads the Patriots and ASC with 43 RBI.

Graham Welch led the Patriots with a 3-for-4 performance in the opener and scored two runs, while Alex Bishop added two hits with one RBI. The Patriots allowed double-digit runs at home for the first time this season in the loss with starter Nate Imig taking the loss after surrendering seven runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. The Patriots outhit the Eagles 12-10 in the game, but also had three errors. UT Tyler was down 10-0 in the fifth when Bishop staved off a run-rule game with an RBI.

In the finale, Buchhorn’s two-run home run highlighted the game for the Patriots who lost back-to-back games at Irwin Field for the first time. Michael Blevins (2-3) took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings, while the offense was limited to six hits. Buchhorn added a single to his home run, while Josh Burns and Braxton Hollenshead each went 2-for-4 in the game to account for the six hits. UT Tyler committed only one error in the game, but Ozarks produced timely hitting throughout including a four-run third inning and then tacking on two more in the seventh to secure the doubleheader sweep and series win.